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HEARRT (the healthcare environmental awareness and resource reduction team) Midwest connects healthcare professionals to encourage and support sustainability actions that improve environmental and community health and, reduce costs.  

After bringing together healthcare facility representatives, vendors, local/state agencies, and the MN Hospital Association for a decade (2000-2010), HEARRT has been resuscitated to deliver advocacy, education, networking opportunities and support to facilities working to achieve the triple aim using sustainability.  The recovery team is comprised of staff from CentraCare Health, Fairview Health Services, Hennepin County Medical Center, HealthPartners, Mayo Clinic, Ridgeview Medical Center,  the MN Hospital Association, the MN Technical Assistance Program, the VA Medical Center and Zimmer Environmental Improvement.


Energy Efficiency: a prescription for a healthy climate and the bottom line.

12:00 - 3:00 p.m. CDT

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

HealthEast Midway

1700 University Ave. W.

St. Paul, MN 55104

Healthcare is energy intensive; it is the second largest consumer of energy after the food processing industry.  

We now know that the burning of fossil fuels to produce energy has profoundly affected not only air quality, but has altered the climate due to the heat holding capacity of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases released from fossil fuel combustion.  

As the impacts of climate change are being more fully realized, healthcare facilities (clinics, hospitals, surgery centers), are working to reduce their energy consumption and their carbon footprint.  

We invite you to come learn about why climate change is critical for human- and environmental health, what leading institutions are doing to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs and, how you can become more energy efficient as well.  


12:00-12:30 The Health Impacts of Climate Change & How Health- Care can Respond, Kristin Raab, MPH, MN Climate & Health Program, MN Department of Health

12:30-1:00 Mayo Clinic’s Quest to Reduce Energy Use 20% by 2020, Brett Gorden, PE, Section Head, Facility Operations, Mayo Clinic

1:00-1:30 Focus on Clinics and Small Hospitals: what you can do at work and at home to reduce energy and prevent climate change.  Chris Plumb, Program Manager, Center for Energy and the Environment

1:30-2:00 Panel question & answer

2:00-3:00 Network and visit with representatives from CenterPoint, MN Power & Xcel to learn about options and rebates for your facility. 

We invite you to join us for lunch; with your own brown bag or at HealthEast Midway's cafeteria (just across the hall from the event's room).  

To register, click here.

We look forward to seeing you! 

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